This exhibition follows the evolution of the Aperture Foundation through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over a period of fifty years. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography itself.
Aperture was originally conceived in 1952 at an Aspen Institute conference on the future of photography as a magazine promoting the appreciation of photography as an art form. Attendees included Minor White who became founding editor and publisher, along with co-founders Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the historians/curators Beaumont and Nancy Newhall.
The limited-edition print program began in 1964 under White’s successor Michael Hoffman in support of Aperture’s publishing activities and continues today as an integral part of Aperture’s programming, offering audiences the opportunity to own an original work.
Aperture: Photographs is organized by Aperture Foundation. The exhibition is sponsored by 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle, as a community-based public service. Aperture, a not-for- profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,”
Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From its base in New York, Aperture Foundation produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects and programs—locally, across the United States, and around the world. www.aperture.org
Images from top to bottom:
Bruce Davidson Untitled (Couple on the Platform), 1980
Archival pigment print Edition of 50 and 5 artist’s proofs © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos
Hank Willis Thomas Black Power, 2006
Digital C-print Edition of 30 and 5 artist’s proofs
Mary Ellen Mark Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, 1983
Platinum print Edition of 5
Dorothea Lange Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940
From the Founders and Friends Portfolio, 2001
Platinum-palladium print Edition of 100 and 16 artist’s proofs © the Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor
- Artists Included:: Bill Armstrong, Olivo Barbieri, Letizia Battaglia, Jo Ann Callis, Robert Capa, Michal Chelbin, William Christenberry, Barbara Crane, Bruce Davidson, Michael Flomen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Paul Fusco, Luigi Ghirri, Todd Hido, Eikoh Hosoe, Pieter Hugo, Graciela Iturbide, Rinko Kawauchi, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Dorothea Lange, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Lisette Model, James Mollison, Barbara Morgan, Richard Mosse, Vik Muniz, Matthew Pillsbury, Sylvia Plachy, Robert Rauschenberg, Sebastião Salgado, August Sander, Stephen Shames, David Benjamin Sherry, Stephen Shore, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Penelope Umbrico, Nick Waplington, Alex Webb, James Welling, Edward Weston, Minor White and Hank Willis Thomas
- February 9, 2018
- Discussion: Aperture Photographs
- NMU faculty and community members discuss the historical, social and cultural backgrounds of several photographs on display in the exhibition. The discussion was led by Emily Lanctot (museum curator of collections and outreach).
Speakers:Emily Lanctot, Lali Khalid, Patricia Killelea, Steve Frykholm, Tracy Wascom